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whiteasmall About Me[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]I self-published my first book back in 2003, and spent months designing the cover (it was awful). Since then I’ve studied fine art in Italy, literature in Taiwan, worked as a book editor for several years, before finally putting it all together and focusing on book cover design. I’ve designed about 1000 covers and I’m getting pretty good at it.

But as demand grew and my prices went higher and higher, I was challenged to find ways to help indie authors on a budget get high quality cover design.

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I helped Mark Coker (Smashwords) design his Indie Author Manifesto, met up with Hugh Howey in Taipei, hung out with Jane Friedman on a Portland Spirit Cruise, and hosted several author events of my own. I’m not a big star (yet) but I will be soon.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1400596836085{padding-top: 60px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #ededed !important;}” full_width_row=”bg”][vc_column width=”1/4″]


I'm from Oregon. I like nature and waterfalls (but am far too often at my desk all day).
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My wife and I live somewhere between Portland and Tainan (Taiwan). We travel a lot attending conferences and book fairs.
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I'm working on my PHD; I write about Milton, revolutionary politics, free will and moral obligation.
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I'm planning to sell a ton of books, buy a castle and use it to run writer's retreats and events.
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One of my favorite things to do is take a mediocre book cover that’s already been published and redesign it so that we can measure the effects of a new cover. I’ve done scores of these and can almost always double sales. That means I can cut the author’s marketing budget in half (not to mention save them time and effort), just by redoing their cover.

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If you’re self-publishing, you know that there’s a lot of people giving advice, but only some of it is good.

Many indie authors talk about book cover design, but few really know exactly how to use design to sell books.

There are a bunch of great cover designers, but few are sharing their secrets.

Me on the other hand, I love sharing – I don’t care if you hire me or buy anything from me; I still want to help your book succeed if I can.

I talk a lot about publishing on my main blog, www.creativindie.com, and I have a lot more samples of my cover design work in my portfolio at www.bookcovers.creativindie.com.